Prime Factorization

Prime Factorization: finding which prime numbers multiply together to make the original number. prime numbers can be divided evenly only by 1 or themselves. IT must be a whole number greater than 1.

Example: Factor 504 and write results using exponents using a factor tree

Take prime numbers and rewrite

2 \cdot 2 \cdot 2 \cdot 7 \cdot 3 \cdot 3

Rewrite using exponents

2^3 \cdot 3^2 \cdot 7